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Surge puts Cougars into Championship

Katie Denler (21) makes a move through Northwestern defenders last Saturday afternoon in the 2-0 victory over the Eagles.

The University of Minnesota, Morris women’s soccer team climbs back up the winning ladder that leads them to the UMAC Women’s Soccer Tournament Championship on Saturday, November 9 at St. Scholastica.

With two wins this past weekend over North Central (2-0) and Northwestern (2-0), the Cougars secured the number two seed and a home playoff game November 5 against Martin Luther. The Cougars shutout Martin Luther 6-0 to lead them to the Championship game against St. Scholastica.

UM-Morris 2, North Central 0

Early goals helped UM-Morris secure the second spot in the UMAC and a home playoff game after a 2-0 win over North Central. Emma LaChance and Carly Denler had goals for the Cougars in the match.

It did not take long, nearly five minutes, for UM-Morris to get on the scoreboard as Justine Wolf settled a cross and found LaChance in the box. LaChance took a touch and fired the ball

low, past the keeper. Just over four minutes later, a cross was mishandled by the keeper and Denler finished it, putting the ball in the back in the net. UM-Morris outshot the Rams 6-1 in the first half.

The match was settled in the second half and neither team was able to find the back of the net. The shot differential was close, but UM-Morris still outshot North Central 4-3.

Minnesota Morris had the advantage 3-1 in corner kicks.

UM-Morris 2, Northwestern 0

The Cougars finished off the 2013 regular season with a 2-0 win over Northwestern on Saturday, November 2. Rachel Berns and LaChance were the Cougar goal scorers.

With nothing to lose, the women's soccer team came out to play to end the season with a win, and that they would do. The Cougars beat the Northwestern Eagles by a score of 2-0, to keep the momentum going into the UMAC tournament. Berns started off the game with a goal in the 22nd minute off an assist from Denler.

As time was coming to an end in the first period, LaChance would get her 13th goal of the season when she would get a pass from Kelsi Kolle and LaChance would then send the ball sailing into the net, putting the Cougars up 2-0.

UM-Morris would hold on to a 2-0 lead and close out the season with a win. Morgan Delaney would pick up the win for Minnesota Morris with one save in the game.

UM-Morris 6, Martin Luther 0

Using a second half surge, the Cougars (13-5) advanced to the UMAC Championship on Saturday with a 6-0 win over Martin Luther (12-8). Berns had two goals to lead the team offensively.

Berns got the scoring started very quickly as she flicked in a pass from Ivie Brooks in the eighth minute of play. It was the ninth goal of the year for Berns. It was a quiet remainder of the first half, but it was definitely the calm before a storm.

Just over a minute into the second half, LaChance scored her team high 14th goal of the season. In the 57th minute, Ally Heida scored her first goal of the year in her last match at Cougar Field as she bent a corner into the box and it slipped past the keeper.

Berns had her second goal of the match as she picked up a loose ball and flicked it over the goalie. Meaghan Delaney scored her third goal of the season as a ball rattled around in the box and then was misplayed by a defender before Delaney put the ball into the back of the net. Denler set a new school record for most points by a first year player in the 85th minute with a beautiful goal on a cross from Sydney McAdam.

Morgan Delaney had two saves to complete the clean sheet in the win. The Cougars will play St. Scholastica on Saturday, November 9 in the UMAC Championship.